Hello Gemmies! I had the pleasure of meeting two wonderful authors this week, Jodie Lynn Zdrok and Emily Roberson! The authors had a dual signing event at Fly Leaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC.
Jodie Lynn Zdrok is the author of the Spectacle series. I absolutely loved Spectacle, this is a murder mystery set in 1800's Paris with a supernatural twist. I look forward to the release of book two, Sensational, which comes out February 11, 2020.
Spectacle Synopsis from Good Reads: Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day's new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered--from the perspective of the murderer himself.
When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie's search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie's strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer's identity--and she'll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.
Emily Roberson is the author of newly released book, Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters. This is a retelling of the classic Greek myth of the minotaur mixed with reality tv pop culture. I haven't had a chance to read this book yet, but I have heard all good things about it. I love Greek mythology and am looking forward to a modern interpretation of this classic story.
Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters Synopsis from Good Reads: Sixteen-year-old Ariadne’s whole life is curated and shared with the world. Her royal family’s entertainment empire is beloved by the tabloids, all over social media, and the hottest thing on television. The biggest moneymaker? The Labyrinth Contest, a TV extravaganza in which Ariadne leads fourteen teens into a maze to kill a monster. To win means endless glory; to lose means death. In ten seasons, no one has ever won.
When the gorgeous, mysterious Theseus arrives at the competition and asks Ariadne to help him to victory, she doesn’t expect to fall for him. He might be acting interested in her just to boost ratings. Their chemistry is undeniable, though, and she can help him survive. If he wins, the contest would end for good. But if she helps him, she doesn’t just endanger her family’s empire―the monster would have to die. And for Ariadne, his life might be the only one worth saving.
Ariadne’s every move is watched by the public and predestined by the gods, so how can she find a way to forge her own destiny and save the people she loves?
Both authors were a joy to talk to. I am looking forward to enjoying many more books from these two great talents!